Lunch with Honors with Professor Luke Shaefer
$2.00 a Day: Living on almost nothing in America
Monday, September 21, 2015
12noon – 1pm Honors Lounge
The harsh reality of extreme poverty in the Third World is well known: our news feeds frequently picture the suffering of people at the very bottom of the economic structures of our world, below the lowest rung on any economic ladder. Did you know that some of our own citizens suffer such hardship? Professor Shaefer’s new book tells the stories of people who live on less than $2.00 a day, analyses the causes of extreme poverty, and makes recommendations for how to end deep privation. Written with Professor Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins University, the book was released on September 1st to glowing reviews: before you come to lunch, check out the Atlantic Monthly’s review and The New York Times’ review by the eminent professor William Julius Wilson. This new work has been called essential and the most important book to read this year; it is compulsively readable and searing.
Luke Shaefer is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and the Ford School of Public Policy. An alumnus of Oberlin College with graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, Professor Shaefer pursues research on the effectiveness of the United States’ social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families. He is also affiliated with UM’s Institute for Social Research and the National Poverty Center. Serious issues and fascinating stories: you won’t want to miss this!